James is Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate in Northampton.

He was previously Associate Director at the New Vic Theatre and Theatre503.

James has directed and developed new work by playwrights David Eldridge, Mike Poulton, Roy Williams, Amy Herzog, Katori Hall, Amanda Whittington, Ron Hutchinson, Dan O'Brien, Dic Edwards, Suzan Lori Parks, Ed Kemp, Molly Davies, Dawn King, Torben Betts, Bekah Brunstetter and Ella Hickson and composers Rachel Portman, These New Puritans, White Lies, James Johnston and Elena Langer amongst others. 

He has been awarded Fulbright and Schubert Fellowships in Theatre Directing, studied at Cambridge and Columbia Universities and trained on the ITV/Channel 4 Regional Theatre Director’s Scheme and as an Assistant Director to twelve directors including Anne Bogart, Robert Woodruff and Silviu Purcarete.


To contact James at Royal & Derngate, please write to Erica Martin at or call 07540190496. 

All other enquires should be addressed to Penny Wesson Management at

Address: Penny Wesson Management, 26 King Henry's Road, London NW3 3RP

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 722 6607 Fax: +44 (0) 207 483 2890

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